ATS-Tyres have released their Top Qualifier series of tires that have been created for all racers, who do not want to throw away rubber and money. These tires are already trued to the most common diameters for heats and qualifying and will be available on the most common rim styles and most common shore combinations. You will save money, storage space and time, because no truing time, no waiting in the truing area, just put them on the car straight out of the box and the price for these these TQs will be significant lower the the Final (Standard) size tires. The 1/10 scale fronts come in 60mm, instead of 64mm, while the rears are 62mm instead of 66mm. The 1/8 scale fronts are 67mm, instead of 71mm, while the rears are 74mm, instead of 78mm.
We were contacted by ATS Tyres regarding their future in the sport. Understood to be in financial difficulties late last year, which saw the previous management leaving the firm and setting up a new tire company, before easter the company was saved thanks to big investor. In the last weeks the tire production has been increased to full capacity and the new management team is working on new products for the future. Expected to extend their product line, the Italian firm will for now focus on the production of tires. We can expect more news and product announcements from ATS in the near future.
Piero Torregiani has contacted us to announce that he has left ATS tyres, ending his involvement in the company. After years of helping to build the ATS brand he has decided to go and do something new in the area of tire production. Piero will start his own company, bringing together his experience in the production of foam tires as well as some of the people who worked with him in the past to help win many major titles in the past. He wished to express his personal thanks to all the people that he worked with over the past 4 years. We can expect an announcement on his new project in the next few months.
From this February Twister Tires USA is no more. Having spent the last 2.5 years working with supplier ATS in building a loyal following, the company name will change to ATS America, with the company carrying the full line of ATS products into the US. In an equally big announcement, ATS have announced that with the help of DJ Apolaro they were able to sign Multiple Worlds Finalists and USA National Champion Paul Lemieux. “Paul is a perfect fit for us, as he is a well respected racer both on and off the track and we want to maintain that close ‘family type’ relationship we have with the racers. We are working on entering the electric market aggressively in the coming seasons and who better to test and help create the best products for the customers than Paul Lemieux”. Paul had the following to say about the deal:
With my new sponsorship package for 2010, I was faced with the ever so important decision of what tires to race this season and beyond. After weighing my options I decided to team up with friend and fellow top racer DJ Apolaro at Team Twister/ATS tires. With the amount of racing and development that ATS has done, I know that this will be a great decision for me and hopefully ATS in return.
This is a year of change for the Xray team driver having recently switched from long time sponsor Trinity/Team Epic to Thunder Power RC and now from Jaco to ATS.
Making their debut last weekend at the Worlds warm up race in Lostallo, was this new 1/8th scale on road tire line from ATS. The as yet unnamed new product features a disk wheel with 3 slots, are very lightweight and of course come pre glued with high quality ATS foam. They took the top qualifying spot on the car of Robert Pietsch and was also being used by World Champions Lamberto Collari and Daniele Ielasi who both had bad luck in the semi finals. Expect a release this summer, as soon as they come up with a name.
More new releases from Italian tire manufacturer ATS, who have unveiled their new rain tire series, called Wet. Perfect for the North European summer, they are made using a new softer insert as well as a new improved rubber cap, the profile has also been modified from previous versions to have a new profile to provide better grip and little or no wearing in the rain. Available in 1/8th scale for both the front and rear, they come on wheels suitable for Mugen, Kyosho and Serpent axles and are also available for 1/10th scale cars too.
World Champions ATS Tyres in Italy have released a new range of yellow coloured 1/12th scale rims. Identical in design to the current range of CRC wheels, these versions have been made from a new material which gives the car better grip and makes it easier to drive. The foam used with the tires remains the same high quality as before but the hardnesses have been adjusted to reflect the more popular compounds.
ATS Tyres have announced that front running Dutch driver John Ermen has joined the ATS Tyres International Team. Alongside the National Championships the former Dutch National Champion will attend most of the international races this year as well as the main event of the season, the WC in Lostallo, Switzerland that takes place in August. John will continue to use his Novarossi powered Serpent chassis and will once again use Tornado fuels.